Here is some great news, brought to us by Natural News on a rare plant found to be able to remediate heavy metals.

Rare plant eats toxic heavy metals in phytoremediation miracleplants medicine from the earth

The new species, dubbed Rinorea niccolifera, was identified in the western region of Luzon Island in the Philippines. The soils in this area are well-known for being high in heavy metals, an environmental condition that is hostile to most species of plant. Yet, the newly discovered plant is able not only to grow in such conditions but also to thrive. The plant actively pulls nickel out of the soil, accumulating it in its tissues up to a concentration of 18,000 parts per million — 100 to 1,000 times higher than the maximum concentrations tolerated by most plants.

Nickel hyperaccumulation such as that observed in R. niccolifera is so rare that only 450 plant species have been identified that are capable of it, out of an estimated 300,000 extant species of vascular plant worldwide. Even among plants found in nickel-rich soils, only 0.5 percent to 1 percent are capable of hyperaccumulation.

“[Hyperaccumulator] plants have great potentials for the development of green technologies, for example, ‘phytoremediation’ and ‘phytomining,'” researcher Augustine Doronila said.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/045297_heavy_metals_phytoremediation_hyperaccumulator_plant.html#ixzz32q0CvipR


My comment; For countries like China where 1/5th of the country is poisoned with heavy metals these plants would be the solution to the pollution. This is about nickel, we need to get more for cadium, for lead, for mercury etc but the green folk and the microbes and fungi will all need to help clean up the mess we have made.


Death of the Hemlocks is bittersweet

Millions and millions of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid are decimating vast acres of Eastern and Carolina hemlock trees from northern Georgia to southern Maine, including the North Carolina mountains. Here in the western part of the state where I live, they are actually having to close down the camp grounds due to falling Hemlock trees that have fallen and injured people on the ground. The woolly adelgid has quite a large appetite and the hemlocks are going down fast. The problem stems from the microscopic adelgids being an invasive species of parasite that do not have any predators here in the US.PF Hemlock with disease 2

reishi tsugae hemlock varnish shelfHowever, one certain medicinal mushroom, Reishi is taking advantage of the Hemlocks demise and this fungus is calling the dying hemlocks home and in the process producing a lot of Reishi to make medicine from. Since Reishi is very good for treating radiation exposure, for cancer, for the heart so cardiovascular disease, and for longevity perhaps this bittersweet loss of so many eastern Hemlocks means more of what our community needs to combat the modern day diseases of toxicity…….Perhaps.

Making Medicines By the Phases of the Moon

Here at ASHH Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism in the Traditional Herbalist Certification Program, we are learning how to do lunar gardening. This is using the phases of the moon to help increase fertility of the seeds, the outcome for a better harvest. Although may seem very strange and foreign to us now, it was a system of increasing the harvest that our ancestors understood very well. Depending on the moon or moons as it is you can plant for maximizing growth of your garden of vegetables or herbs.

During the Herbs for Pets Course Joel Boyle of Wind Fox Herbs in Black Mountain, NC is teaching all of us how to make medicine for our companion animals according to the phases of the moon. You make medicine on the new moon, press out your medicine after the next full moon. So, we will be pressing this out on the 30th of July. We made Milk Thistle, Pau d’arco and Skullcap medicines. Here is a picture of the medicine before the press.Herbs for Pets Making Medicines

Milk thistle will be taken from extraction in alcohol to the glycerite and the Pau d’arco and Skullcap are already in glycerin for pressing. Learning how to make medicine from scratch, collecting from the apothecary under our feet is an important ability to have should live ever become “difficult”. We recommend Mountain Rose Herbs to purchase raw herbs if you ever get the desire to “make your own medicine”.

Skullcap glycerites are being used to control seizures, epilepsy in some pets and this is much safer than the drugs currently recommended in conventional medicine. What you don’t get going natural  is the terrible side effects…..or should I say “effects” of liver damage from the barbiturates use in conventional medicine. Nor the critical nutrient depletion that is responsible for those effects.

Milk Thistle is an excellent adjunct to life in conventional medicine since all the drugs lead eventually to liver or kidney damage. Milk Thistle would also help all of the vaccine damaged animals then needing poisons and toxins to deal with the flea and tick and other parasite products. Vaccines dys regulated the immune system and promote chronic inflammation and chronic disease via Th 2 or humoral immunity imbalance. Of course there are many more ways to ruin the patients immune system, we are glad these three intelligent herbs aren’t into that.


After we press and bottle, we will show some pics.

Making beautiful medicine with flowers aromatherapy and flower essences

My favorite intelligent plant medicines are form our more delicate parts of plants, the flowers. We made several formulations with aromatherapy learning about the different benefits of the carrier oils and how these oils are more medicine in their own right. Like using avacado oil or evening primrose oil or jojoba oil or apricot kernel oil, these oils all have yet another way to introduce healing for the body outside of the precious essential oils they are carrying. We had the class in the Herbs for Pets design a formula after they were given plenty of information or the many options they have available at their fingertips. There were formulas for stopping seizures before they took place, formulas for arresting constipation, for calming a pet down for travel, for treating motion sickness, treating skin tags or lumps on the skin and even for treating wounds and preventing bug bites. Not bad for the short time we had to design the formula. We learned about extending the shelf life of these products with other oils and about blending more than one essential oil to get some really PLEASANT smelling medicine. [Read more…]


I was contacted by a fellow herbalist in a panic over the patent drugs that had been dispensed by a veterinarian for a friend’s dog that had been released after being seen for a dog attack. They were very concerned when they read about the anti inflammatory medications, the pain medications and the antibiotics  “effects” to the bodies into which they are put. I had already encountered severe damage from all of these drugs even one at a time on different companion animals. Yes, the one they prescribed for anti-inflammatory has killed animals who received it. Yes, the antibiotics do have serious consequences not only in selecting for super germs but also for causing gastrointestinal problems, killing of the important good bacteria and oh yeah….now we see some lethal interactions with mercury if they are also already metal poisoned from lots of vaccines. The pain medications usually have the longest list of  so called “side effects” but I refuse to call the “side effects” as they are not “a la carte” and everyone who ends up with patent drugs gets some of the  long list of possible  effects.

So, the herbalist knew full well there were much safer alternatives from intelligent plant medicines that could provide all of the symptom relief that the patent drugs were being prescribed for. Intelligent medicines with benefit for the body without the risk, the cost and the possible death sentence. For instance, curcumin is much safer for anti inflammatory and pain and won’t harm the liver! Plants can even provide a much safer “anti biotic” coverage and without ruining the pets gastrointestinal tract, healthy microbiota or helping develop super germs. Plus this can all be had with a cost that is not even the cost of one of the over priced patent drugs.

Here are two pictures of medicine cabinets……Which one do you want to reach for?Narconon sponsors Operation Medicine Cabinetnatures-medicine-cabinet-410x290_0

Let us the count the ways to provide intelligent botanical medicine……

The Herbs for Pets Class took off with a swift review of over 100 ways to provide intelligent healing using botanicals. Each species of animals can have special requirements on how they receive the herbs, for instance we like to take the birds pellets and dust them in the herbal powders.  Horses and other herbivores can have more of the fresh or dried herbs while dogs and cats we make tinctures then glycerites . However, there are just so many ways available to use the intelligence of plants as medicine, in foods, in creams or lotions, or sprays, poultices, liniments, compresses, packs that even our class couldn’t complete a list without finding more options within minutes of thinking they thought of everything. The versatility of how to use intelligent healing gives us so many options we do not have with patent drugs. The possibilities of employing herbal medicine seem………well, endless.plants medicine from the earth plant medicine dripping into bottle

Now we are getting to work learning to make medicines, ourselves and even from local sourcing of the herbs. Sometimes we can’t get local so we go to Mountain Rose Herbs a company we can trust to provide organic wild harvested herbs. Here in the Blue Ridge area of NC however, so many of the world’s plants can be grown that we are local sourcing first. Never know when your options will be limited to the apothecary under your feet. We are all excited though to be learning how to address our companion animals health needs for nutrition and wellness through use of the botanicals. This helps us place the intention from the very start of gathering leaves, twigs, roots, bark and flowers for use in making medicine.

Making Botanical Medicine Our Rightful Heritage

Here is our class Herbs for Pets learning how to make our own medicine. We are working on several things; milk thistle extractions, Pau D’ Arco and Skullcap glycerites. We had an expert work with the class, a former extractor  for GAIA Herbs who has much study under his belt before opening his own herbal products company right here in Black Mountain.

We made the medicine from the raw product so that our students would know how to do this from scratch. If the world suddenly became so uncomfortable that for any reason we didn’t have the luxury of purchasing quality certified organic material we could indeed make our very own. [Read more…]

Fire Fly Gathering is just around the corner!

The Medicines from the Earth Conference is hardly over, the organizers not even back to their Oregon home when the Asheville community is buzzing about the Firefly Gathering and its new location in Bell’s Cove. If you never heard about the Firefly Gathering go here and take a look http://www.fireflygathering.org/  The people of Appalachia have a long history of self sustainability living. As a matter of fact, I learned that was the mantra for George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate. Biltmore was the first large farming estate to hire their own resident veterinarian. George Vanderbilt’s dream vision was to be “self sustained” and a visit to the amazing Biltmore Estate and Gardens will prove that vision came true.

Firefly is for everyone who wants to learn and share the vision for self sustainability. How the Firefly Gathering accomplishes this goal is written in the Firefly Manifesto which can be read here http://www.fireflygathering.org/manifesto.asp

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Wow, time is flying by. This weekend already time for the MEDICINES FROM THE EARTH CONFERENCE held in Black Mountain, NC at the Blue Ridge Assembly up Blue Ridge Road. Here is a wonderful picture of the entry going in to the facility which is just full of that biodiverse native flora. There will be many plant walks with famous herbalists. I should max out my press book for ASHH Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism. Today, Master Herbalist Donnie Yance is delivering an intensive on use of herbs for treating cancer. He should know, this Master Herbalist has the Mayo Clinic sending him patients for botanicals and nutrition. When I was working on the chapter treating cancer for animals with TCVM, I found the evidence that typical western therapies for cancer garnered only 2.1 % effectiveness for long term survival. If you consider the cost of this and the damage to quality of life, plus you factor in what they certainly don’t tell you about other cancers from the very chemotherapy and radiation treatment your going broke paying for….I came to the conclusion that taking a more botanical form of chemotherapy made much more $$cents$$ all the way around.  Why would you want to dilute down natural herbal therapies and good nutrition, intelligent supplements and instead break the bank, lower your quality of life and then be looking over your shoulder constantly for the next shoe to drop. The other cancer that often times hit your blood or your kidneys.  [Read more…]

Our stolen heritage for natural medicine


The right to eat food as our medicine and medicine as our foods is just one portion of the talk facilitation I will be doing at Colburn Science Museum in Asheville, NC this coming Friday evening, May 31st. Want to know more? Here is an outline of the talk;

herbsOrigins of medicine
Botanicals as foundation: Community healers, Medieval times, Shamans etc
Jeremy Narby’s Cosmic Serpent DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
Out Stolen Heritage of Botanical Medicine
The Caduceus of Medical Professions; Aesculapius and Hermes
The AMA, Their nonexistent  Hippocratic Oath No promise to “First Do No Harm” that was all Hippocrates and he is the Father of NATURAL MEDICINE our first NATUROPATH
The State of Today’s Medicine The US Healthcare system and the paper trail of cost versus life expectancy, of vaccination rates versus chronic disease
The rightful reinstatement of our heritage of natural medicine, The Freedom to Choose
Issues that need to be discussed and illuminated; FDA, US Gov, Big Pharma, Biotech, PHS, Social Security The Conflicts: licensing and regulation, lack of safety testing gene impact studies independent studies, active post marketing surveillance systems, efficacy studies, environmental impact studies who has the  risk who gets the  profits
And ‘before its news” the bleeding edge report:



Within the present dominant medical system, healing has not simply been forgotten, but intentionally exorcized, as it represents the antithesis of perpetual profitability which requires the incurability of the human body.  Were the truth to be told, and the body’s self-regenerative capabilities acknowledged, the entire superstructure of drug-based medicine and hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue it generates annually, would crumble overnight